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Infinite Jest

Caricature and Satire From Leonardo to Levine
Infinite Jest
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From Leonardo's drawings of grotesque heads to contemporary prints lampooning American politicians, The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a vast but largely unknown collection of caricatures and other satirical works. This handsome book offers 165 examples, dating from about 1500 to the present, that reflect the age-old tradition of using exaggeration and humor to convey personal, social, or political meaning. The selection of images is notably broad, ranging from the elevated to the rudely humorous: renowned writers and decidedly unhygienic cooks; elegantly dressed noblemen and victims of outrageous fashion fads; Napoleon as a tidy Lilliputian and Boss Tweed as a bloated Roman emperor. Stressing the continuity of certain artistic approaches, Infinite Jest examines the development of the genre across centuries and cultures. The essential visual components of caricature are discussed and illustrated, as are recurring motifs, including exaggerated faces and bodies, people depicted as animals or objects, and processions of bizarre figures. One section is devoted to social satire (eating and drinking, gambling, fashion, several of the Seven Deadly Sins), another to various aspects of political life (British, French, Mexican, and American). Artists as diverse as Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, William Hogarth, Francisco de Goya, Thomas Rowlandson, Eugène Delacroix, Honoré Daumier, and Al Hirschfeld contribute their distinctive talents to this fascinating, informative, and very amusing volume.
Authors: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Title: Infinite jest
caricature and satire from Leonardo to Levine
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art ; New Haven [Conn.] : Distributed by Yale University Press, c2011
Characteristics: viii, 216 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,27 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Constance C. McPhee, Nadine M. Orenstein
Notes: Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Sept. 13, 2011-Mar. 4, 2012
Contents: "Shoot folly as it flies" : humor on paper / Constance C. McPhee with contributions by Nadine M. Orenstein
Caricature and satire from Leonardo to Levine
Elements of caricature
Social satire
Additional Contributors: Orenstein, Nadine
McPhee, Constance C.
ISBN: 0300175817
Branch Call Number: 741.5690741 M5946i 2011
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) Exhibitions Caricatures and cartoons New York (State) New York Exhibitions
Topical Term: Caricatures and cartoons
LCCN: 2011024379
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